The interior of the new Mercedes-Benz A-class has been revealed for the first time. The new A-class is intended to bring a younger audience to the Mercedes brand and so the German maker “wants to make it more sporty and desirable” than the older model, so is keen to offer it in sports-oriented variants.
A new, more advanced iPhone interface is also being introduced in the new Mercedes A-class. Prices for the new A-class haven't been confirmed yet but it will be competitive with direct rivals such as the BMW 1-Series and Audi A3.
Mercedes says the four-wheel drive, 300bhp hot Mercedes A-class that it is planning is part of a push to make the car and brand appeal to a young audience.
The German manufacturer will bring in an AMG-badged performance A-class later this year, with a launch planned at the Paris motor show in September. The standard A-class range will be unveiled at Geneva next month.
The launch range of the A-class will consist of the same engines as the recently introduced B-class – 107bhp and 136bhp turbocharged 1.8-litre common rail diesels and a turbocharged 1.6-litre direct injection petrol unit in two states of tune that produces either 154bhp or 120bhp.
A 250bhp front-wheel drive model and the full-on AMG will form the performance options, with the latter taking the A25 AMG name. Both will use heavily reworked versions of Mercedes’ existing M271/M274 turbocharged four-cylinder petrol motor.
Merc’s AMG division has called on the services of its High Performance Engine (HPE) offshoot in Brixworth, Northamptonshire, for engineering help in the development of the engine.